Born in Philadelphia in 1939, he received a classical education and B.A. from St. John’s College, Annapolis, MD (1961) and a Juris Doctor from Hastings College of Law, University of California in 1967. He has been a member of the California State Bar since 1968, and is admitted to practice in state and federal courts, including the U.S. Supreme Court. He is a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation and a Master Member-at-Large of the Edward J. McFetridge American Inn of Court in San Francisco. After a career with the U.S. Department of Justice and the Federal Trade Commission in Washington, D.C. and San Francisco, he opened his solo practice in San Francisco in 1991.
He has been a National leader in [deletion[ efforts to reduce litigation in the U.S. and
move legal education toward a peacemaking model and away from a war-making model so it may provide more efficient legal services to more people who need them, and better preserve and protect our republican institutions and democratic civil liberties.
He is a widely published essayist and poet, has a fine photography and autographed book collection, was the founding principal of a notable international visual arts agency, and for many years was a summertime mountain climber venturing climbs in the U.S., Mexico, the Carribbean, and the British Isles.
He has been married since 1963, has one son, and two grandchildren.